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Rating: 2 of 5 
(10.Oct.2011)
PHP Tester's Toolbox
The talk was well thought out but presented in a dry manner, and seemed to revolve mostly around alternatives to PHPUnit that had already been decided as inferior. Could have done with a few alternative and maybe more complex examples, and a primer at the beginning giving a 5 min overview of unit testing to newer developers would have been a good touch,
Rating: 2 of 5 
(10.Oct.2011)
A Practical Look At Symfony2
Stefan was clearly interested in the topic he was talking on, but the talk served more as a demonstration of setting up a project than an introduction to the framework, and this goal itself was hampered by the fact that it was very difficult to read any of the provided code examples. I came away with the impression that Symfony2 was an in depth framework, but I am unsure where that depth leads or what's actually present within. I did talk to Stefan in the evening and I think he's aware of the issues with the slides, so maybe just a different tactic next time would be ideal.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(10.Oct.2011)
Teaching (mostly) PHP
I enjoyed the talk and Clinton's approach to how it was presented. His code examples caused some controversy and from the talk's perspective it may have been better if he ended the discussion and continued the presentation, but he was making valid attempts to answer criticism. It was interesting to see the ever present disconnect between business and academia but I saw logic in most of his teaching decisions and he was clearly interested in bringing modern technology to his students, something which should be appreciated.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Oct.2011)
Scaling your Development Team
Most people agreed that this was one of the best talks, and with the experience of the speaker and backing of one of the biggest websites in the world that was no surprise. The talk was engaging, the topics consistently interesting and seeing a bit of code, however insignificant, pushed to Facebook in front of us was a great treat for geeks.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Oct.2011)
Feeling secure? - notes from the field
A subject more deserving of a week's training than a half hour talk, but Paul presented the main topics clearly, discussed them well and kept things focussed and to the point throughout. I even learnt something new in respect of the injection attacks into the href attribute, and the only negative point to make is that I now have to start combing my code base to see if there are any vectors for that particular issue!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(02.Oct.2017)
PHP in 2017
Quality talk from the guy who started it all. Was most interested to have learned some of how PHP came about in the early days, but also interesting to see some new optimisations. I think a bit of extra info for those less familiar with how PHP core works would have been useful - i.e. how do these new features come about, who decides what goes where. That's just a request for the next one though!
Rating: 3 of 5 
(02.Oct.2017)
Abusing Git
Good idea for a talk; I think that a few of the ideas would have been better with more examples. Well explained points though.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(02.Oct.2017)
Nuclear powered software security
An essential concept to learn about and a good example to use to teach security. The fault tree analysis was well mapped up to active web development; I thought the aircraft example worked well but would have been interesting to hear more examples of how independent systems could protect PHP security. Additionally, an extension of security from hackers is security from internal actors - I'd love to learn how nuclear power stations protect against that and if there's more we could learn!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(02.Oct.2017)
Discovering & solving performance issues
Well paced and with a wealth of tools to go away and examine. I think a longer part of the talk showing exploring requests with Blackfire or TIdeways would have increased the "skill-up" nature of the talk. Good to get specific talking about cache performance and Doctrine too.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2017)
The Mindful Developer: Being Less Busy & More Productive
Well delivered talk which did what it set out to do, with very nice slide designs too. Very opinionated which is natural in this area, but whilst I disagree with some of the concepts the way you arrived at them and how they work for you was very clearly stated.
Rating: 2 of 5 
(02.Oct.2017)
Smart Scalable Content Distribution
I might be the wrong person to review the talk, as we develop web apps rather than marketing/ecommerce. I think the overall implementation wasn't clear - if you disconnect the Wordpress content db from the front end, what renders the front end, i.e. is it just Wordpress somewhere else and how does that link to the database, or is it static rendering and how does that get carried out? There's really interesting concepts here though - the idea of replacing a dynamic CMS with edit-side CMS and static fast content has been well used at LADBible (they deploy to S3). I also think (again very much based on my background) that a talk about content distribution would have an easy win touching on CDNs, and sort of expected this from the abstract.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Oct.2017)
12 tried and tested top tips for better testing
Wasn't going to return for Sunday due to scheduling conflicts but this talk made me glad I did. Very clear explanations, well paced with something for newbies and seasoned testers. PHPUnit examples were good; from my experiences at conferences 5 years ago as a junior with no idea of testing I think a couple minutes on the basics - what's PHPUnit, what's an assert - would have opened the talk up to every level of developer knowledge.

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